John Rickman, a.k.a. "SK Pop", is one of many casio keyboard enthusiasts who creates lo-fi, techno-inspired electronic music using either two Casio SK-1s or two Casio SK-5s. The Casio SK keyboards allow for a live-programming performance, which John Rickman has been pursuing since 1998, after receiving two SK-1s as a gift.
John Rickman is also a member of the ambient free-rock duo EBSK. The Washington D.C.-based duo, rounded out by Eric Bruns, has been bridging the indie-rock underground and the electronic listening crowd with their live shows up and down the east coast. Using only primitive sampling keyboards,
bass guitar, and clarinet, the duo's live act balances on-the-spot looping, sampling, and sequence programming, summoning forth mesmerizing melodies that jump back and forth between imaginary soundtracks and techno-inspired pop music.
The EBSK 3" CD single "Secreet Highways / Wobbly" -- released on the U.S. indie label Scarcelight
-- received positive reviews in both Grooves and The Wire, with Byron Coley describing it in the pages of the latter as "a
very goddam original take on contempo basement prog (or some such thing)."
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